A New Take on Tablets

Svetcov, Eric
November 2004
Tech & Learning;Nov2004, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p4
The article presents a buyer's checklist when considering purchasing a tablet computer. If you are considering purchasing a notebook computer, you should at least consider a convertible tablet. A convertible tablet computer is able to do everything a normal Windows XP laptop can do and has the added functionality of being able to directly interact with the screen using a stylus. When choosing the appropriate tablet computer, the features to consider include the speed and cost, weight, size and battery life. If you are interested in 1.5GHz or faster sub-$2,000 convertible tablet, you would be able to narrow it to the Acer TravelMate C300, Gateway M275E and Toshiba Portege M200. If you then added a couple more criteria-under 6 pounds with a 14-inch or larger screen-you would end up with only one system, the Gateway M275E. Then again, if weight isn't as important as battery life, you would choose the TravelMate C300. Once you decide on one of the various models of tablet computers, have your vendor of choice send you a demonstration unit. If the feedback you are getting indicates you should choose a different mix of features, take a look at the matrix, and demo a different unit. INSETS: Tablet PCs: A Short History;Test-Drive It.


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